The Blue Note sessions have gone down in drum n bass history as taking a huge role in launching the genre from humble roots to a worldwide phenomenon, one that remains alive and well to this day, albeit morphed with the times. One of the big benefits of being on a Sunday, as cited by DJ’s who played and attended, was that the music played could be innovative, different to what one might have to play for less intimate rave up’s on Friday and Saturday, which put the night at the forefront of the sound. It drew the most dedicated music fans, plus producers and DJ’s, to celebrate something exciting and new, becoming such a draw that eventually, unless you turned up early, you wouldn’t get in, also attracting a host of celebrity attendees including David Bowie, Bjork, Kate Moss, Carl Craig and more.
So when K-AZE aka Lemon D, one of the Blue Note family, announced that, alongside his new All Roads label, he is launching a bi-weekly Sunday session in Dalston, London, based around footwork, jungle, bass music and house, we wondered if he had the old sessions in mind. Here’s what he had to say about the new night, Boom! F’Real and the Metalheadz sessions:
"Yes. It’s something new for people to come hang to on a Sunday so it’s kind of less pressure, more casual. The concept is for producers to come and spin classics to cutting edge beats in a decent intimate venue in London."
"Metalheadz at Blue Note for me was a pinnacle in the UK dance music scene. It was a place every weekend where you could go and hear individuality from the producers and their productions. Producers had a signature production sound and it made things exciting and cuttiing edge. People made music just to drop at this spot and because of that it pushed things further sonically. You went every week because the vibe was so on point that producers could push the envelope and the crowd soaked it up. They were totally into hearing ‘new original shit!’ and responsive to new sounds being spun there. You could tell the crowd were into music and into ‘the’ music at that time. You could feel they bought music and understood what was going down in that small venue week in week out."
"With what we are doing times have changed. We have a different generation involved now so it’s a totally different ball game especially when dealing with music in general and people’s perception of it. With club nights it’s with the crowd to catch/create a vibe, it pushes the guy spinning to catch a vibe and select. We intend to continue sure but it’s all about everyone coming together and vibing."
There’s no question K-AZE and the rest of the All Roads team have a strong enthusiasm and spirit of innovation. Their first release from Shawn T and K-AZE was a fresh, exciting blend of soulful melody, r’n’b, frenetic footwork rhythms and the grit of UK garage. Their second release from DJ Earl, member of the renowned Chicago Footwork crew Teklife, for release on 28th July, continues with a hyperactive, mind melting frenzy of erratic beats, pounding subs and warped melodies. Alongside this, the diverse, big name lineups of Boom F’Real, including residents such as K-AZE and El-B, and guests Addison Groove, Stray, Rockwell, Die, Krust, Dismantle, Heavee of Teklife, Hatcha and Shawn T, promise something special in an intimate setting, with free entry before 7:30pm! Perhaps Sunday need not be the day of rest, but a day of innovation, Boom! F’Real offering up all the essential ingredients, with just us left to bring the vibes.
Boom! F’Real, at the Dance Tunnel in Dalston, launches this Sunday 6th July, with guest appearances from Addison Groove and Shawn T and continues every other week, free entry before 7:30 and finishing off 1/2am. DJ Earl - Afrika Tek EP (Released 28th July)
Written by Lorna Rider of Inflect.
Links: K-AZE All Roads label DJ Earl Addison Groove Stray Rockwell Dismantle Heavee